"How Deep the Father's Love for us, How vast beyond all measure, that He would give His only Son, to make a wretch His treasure."
Last night during our family worship time we began a new book that asked the question, "Could you write one sentence that described the message of the Bible?". I think you could almost pick any verse in this hymn sung in both services this week and use it to answer that question. How Deep the Father's Love for Us is a modern hymn written by Stuart Townend. This song explores the story of the gospel. It reminds us of our part in this story and magnifies the graciousness of God in sacrificing His Son on the cross for our sin. Stuart describes the genesis of the writing process in his own words:
"Nevertheless, I'd been meditating on the cross, and in particular what it cost the Father to give up his beloved Son to a torturous death on a cross. And what was my part in it? Not only was it my sin that put him there, but if I'd lived at that time, it would probably have been me in that crowd, shouting with everyone else 'crucify him'. It just makes his sacrifice all the more personal, all the more amazing, and all the more humbling."
I can't think of a better time to look back at these monumental moments in history than at the observance of the Lord's Supper. The apostle Paul encourages us in his first letter to the Corinthians to "examine himself then, an so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks with our discerning the body eats and drinks judgement on himself." Take a moment and examine yourself. Is there unconfessed sin? Is there conflict between you and another family member? Hurt feelings in a relationship? Let the gospel of Christ bear its weight in our lives. For our God sent His sent from heaven to reconcile us to Himself. Let us use this example to restore relationship to Him and to those He loves.
This weekend we have an opportunity to remember the sacrifice of our Savior on that rugged tree. We can think about the agony Christ went through to reconcile us to the Father. Let us meditate on the broken body and shed blood of Jesus this weekend using the precious words of this great modern hymn.
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